Collodion Printing Paper

From November 12, 2012 through November 14, 2012 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at George Eastman House


The collodion chloride print was initially introduced in the 1860s but was not popular until 30 years later. It remains the most archival silver-based printing process ever invented. Also known as the American Aristotype, collodion papers were available in either gold-toned high gloss or platinum-toned matte finishes. The mixed emulsion has a very long shelf life, and unlike the wet-collodion process, there is no separate silver bath.

Process historian Mark Osterman published the first modern directions on how to make collodion emulsions in Steve Anchell’s Darkroom Cookbook. In this workshop, Osterman will teach participants how to formulate and coat paper by hand and process this amazing silver chloride emulsion.

Class discussions will include the evolution of the various collodion emulsions. [See the Talbot Museum workshops in July for a dry collodion negative workshop.] Vintage examples of collodion emulsion papers and dry collodion emulsion negatives from the George Eastman House collection will also be shown and discussed. A complete set of instructions and vintage reprints are included in the selected readings.

Limited to 10 participants. 

Tuition: $450 members, $475 non-members, plus $60 materials fee; extra-day option: $150.

Cancellation Policy: Withdrawal from the workshop two weeks before the session start date will receive a refund, minus a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made less than two weeks before a workshop start date. If the workshop is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, the entire class will be fully refunded. The Eastman House is not responsible for airline ticket cancellation costs or fees. The Eastman House may take and use images, still or video, for educational and promotional purposes. 

Location and Scheduling: Daily sessions begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. Unless otherwise stated, the workshops are held at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York. Directions can be found at our website at www.eastmanhouse.org/visit/location.php.  

Lodging: Lodging is not included in the cost of the workshop. Participants must make their own arrangements. The host hotel for workshops held at George Eastman House is the East Avenue Inn & Suites, www.eastaveinn.com. This hotel is within walking distance of the museum. Room rates begin at $99 per night. The East Avenue Inn & Suites also provides transportation to and from the airport. Reservations can be made by calling (800) 559-8039. When calling to make a reservation, please mention you are taking a workshop at George Eastman House to get this special rate.



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